Surat On The Way To Becoming First Indian Smart City!

The Government of India had planned to set up 100 smart cities across the country aiming at providing all modern amenities, education and employment opportunities. The announcement has witnessed a lare scale enthusiasm among investors, citizens, service providers and the entire ecosystem of stakeholders.
Interestingly the Prince of Qatar had his eye on one of the fastest growing economies of the world. Prince of Qatar Sheikh Dr. Hamad Bin Nasser A A Al-Thani , member of ruling family along with his Indian partner Mitesh Sharma is all set to invest approx Rs. 1,00,000 crores in ‘smart cities’ project in the coming years. Similar support has been extended by Russia, USA and Singapore
On 19th December, Microsoft announced joining hands with the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) for the Surat smart city project. The main aim of the project is to enable citizens get faster, effective and real-time access to information about civic services like transport, health, water, security, education, tourism, recreation etc. Microsoft has selected Surat as one of the 13 cities under its City Next project along side Paris, Washington and Auckland.
“We have already created a dashboard for the local body through which customized view of key performance indicators could be viewed. This dashboard will display specific city domains like complaints, health, ongoing project status and others,” said Neeraj Gill, general manager, public sector, Microsoft India.

However, even after so much enthusiasm and positive early indicators India’s smart city project is coming to Dec-end deadline. The ministry is staring at surrendering most of Rs 6,274 cr budget allocated this year for smart cities program. We will keep you posted on the latest at HPC-ASIA.

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